The Department of Natural Resources was created by Order-In-Council on 26 February 1996 through the amalgamation of the Lands Department with the resource management and water resources' functions of the Department of Primary Industries.
The new Department's mission was to support the economic security of Queensland through the sustainable use, development and management of land, water and native vegetation resources, while protecting the rights and interests of both individual and the community.
Its functions and activities were: Natural resource management, including forest and water management; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters including land titles, land interests, native title; Crown Land Quarry Sales; Land - including allocation and management of State land, compulsory acquisition, land protection, land titles, surveying and mapping, and valuations; Place names; Registrations of valuers and surveyors.
The Department managed regional offices in the regions of West, South, Metropolitan (Metro), North, Central and South-east.
As at 26 February 1996, under Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 2) 1996, the functions of the Department of Natural Resources were as follows:
Natural Resource Management, including:
- Catchment Management
- Water Production Services
- Water Resource Management
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters, including:
- Land Titles
- Land Interests
- Native Title
Crown Land Quarry Sales
- Allocation, management and use of State land
- Compulsory acquisition
- Land protection
- Land titles
- surveying and mapping
Registration of Valuers and Surveyors
Minister for Natural Resources 26 Feb 1996 - 22 Feb 2001
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines was created from the Department of Natural Resources and the Mines, and Department of Energy on 22 February 2001 under Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 1) 2001.